October 29, Friday, 2021 (1:30 p.m.) Newsline read by Ms. Keiko Kitagawa

1.Japnasese cellist Ueno Michiaki has won first place in the cello division at the 75th Geneva International Music Competition. This is the first time that a Japanese person has been awarded the top prize in the category. The competition is considered a gateway to success for aspiring musicians. The 25-year-old competed with two other contestants in the category’s final round on Thursday. His performance of “Cello Concerto” by Witold Lutoslawski drew huge applause from the audience.
2.Major League Baseball two-way star Ohtani Shohei has been named Player of the Year in a vote by his peers. The Los Angeles Angels player is the first Japanese to be awarded the prize. Ohtani marked his best performance of his career this season, his fourth in the MLB. As a pitcher, he recorded nine wins and 156 strikeouts. On offense, he racked up 46 homers, 100 runs batted in and 26 stolen bases.
3.The Association of Southeast Asian Nations has wrapped up three days of meetings without Myanmar. But the crisis there continues to be a major issue for ASEAN. The top diplomat of Cambodia, next year’s chair country, indicated the solution is in the hands of the military.